Pegboard Hooks That Dont Fall Out

Happy Monday, folks! Hope those of you who celebrated Independence Day over the weekend had as relaxing of a time as I did. I am busy trying to work off a few extra hot dogs today, but it’s back to the DIY program, so let’s jump right in with a quick & easy tip.

I made the same mistake that a lot of homeowners do when they install a pegboard wall for the first time: I bought a cheap set of assorted peg hooks.

I may have saved myself a few bucks, and the hook even had a secondary “locking” piece so that it hooked into more than one peg at a time, but even that wasn’t enough to prevent this:

Frig. The hook comes off right with the tool and falls to the floor. Not really a great way to stay organized. But luckily, one of my assorted kits (I found another one while cleaning out the garage last weekend) came with these plastic locking doodads. The pegs that came with the kit were thick enough that they fit in the pegs securely on their own, so I had plenty of these things left over to use on the cheaper, thinner hooks.

They are easy to install; just snap them onto the peg, and they secure the hook horizontally.

And just like that, the hook stays put when trying to yank a took off the wall (which I’m always doing since I’m never not in a hurry).

There’s one downside to this method: the plastic hooks need to be spread further apart in order to lock, so you can’t stack the hooks side by side like usual. So if you want to do a different DIY version, I would suggest threading some wire through the hole and around the hook. This takes a little more patience and won’t let you move the hooks around as easily, but it seems like a pretty great alternative.

Why do pegboard hooks fall out of the board?

First, it’s necessary to understand why your pegboard hooks are falling out like they do.

How much weight can a pegboard hook hold?

Generic hooks don’t hold much weight because they’re too thin and lack the metal (to be honest, they’re glorified paper clips).

In contrast, PegBoarder hooks hold up to 50lbs – ten to twenty times more than commercial 1/8″ designs. Thanks to their extra-heavy-duty structure, you can secure weighty tools and items with ease.

However, remember the thickness and material of the board are equally crucial for loading capacity as hook size. Dense MDF, galvanised steel and rigid plastic boards tend to support more weight than lightweight MDF models.

Step 2: Tools and Materials

Pegboard Hooks That Dont Fall Out

Pegboard Hooks That Dont Fall Out

Thin gauge wire. Found at the local dollar store. Its 3 spools of 33 feet total (or maybe its 33 ft. per roll?). The package doesnt provide an actual gauge size, but it is thin enough that it can be easily bent and twisted by hand. (1st photo) Needle Nose Pliers and Wire Cutters. (2nd photo)


How do you get a peg board to stay on a hook?

To ensure hooks won’t fall out of your board, you have 4 options:
  1. Get the perfect hooks with double peg attachment and appropriate thickness for your board.
  2. Use metal wire to secure thin hooks.
  3. Use glue or a zip tie to secure the thin hooks to your board.
  4. Use plastic peg locks.

How much weight can a pegboard hook hold?

The straight 1” hooks can hold 25-30 lbs and the straight 2” hooks can hold 10-15 lbs. They also have a fail-safe mechanism to protect your pegboard if overloaded. If you start to hang too much weight, the hook will bend slightly.

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